The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights

Deadline: 24 February 2013
Open to: an individual or an organization that has struggled for or contributed to the improvement and advancement of human rights, democracy and peace in their community and country
Prize: 50,000 USD (10,000 USD for the winner of the special prize)

Description

Every year since 2000, the May 18 Memorial Foundation (Gwangju, Republic of Korea) has announced its annual “Call for nominations for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights”. This Prize promotes the spirit of the May 18 Democratization Movement in which the people of Gwangju resisted against brutal military forces for the sake of Democracy and Human Rights in 1980. Historically the May 18 Democratization Movement brought democracy to Korea.

The prize goes to one individual or an organization that has struggled for or contributed to the improvement and advancement of human rights, democracy and peace in their community and country.

About the Foundation

The May 18 Memorial Foundation was founded in 1994 with the aim of spreading and commemorating the democratic spirit shown by the people of Gwangju. In the course of restoring the meaning of the May 18 Democratization Movement through fact finding, and bringing the perpetrators to justice, even though Gwangju was isolated by the military junta many overseas countries supported the City and wanted to see the restoration of justice and human rights. Therefore, through this prize the May 18 Memorial Foundation would like to share and empathize with people in similar situations to that which the people of Gwangju faced in 1980.

Eligibility

  1. A person or group eligible for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights nominated by another individual or organization. An individual cannot nominate him/herself and cannot be nominated by his/her own organization.
  2. A person or group who has been struggling for justice and democracy for their community and country.
  3. A person or group who has contributed towards democracy and human rights movements through their work in their organization.

Prize

The prize winner will receive the prize money, 50,000 USD (10,000 USD for the winner of the special prize for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights), medal and certificate.

The Prize will be awarded at the Prize Ceremony to be held at the May 18 Memorial Culture Center, on May 18, 2013 and the winner should attend the Ceremony.

The prize winner is expected to attend press conferences and a Special Celebration Concert on May 19, 2013.

Nominations

A nomination form can be downloaded here

Nomination deadline is 24 February 2013.

Contact

Solidarity Team
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
Postcode 520-260 Naebangro 152 5.18 Memorial Culture Center Seo-gu Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 62 360 0520
Fax: +82 62 360 0519
Email: [email protected]

For more details visit the Official Website

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